Luca Ciferri

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Formula One's last chance

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2016

Formula One's new owner, Liberty Media, is facing a big challenge: Modernize the world's most watched, most technically sophisticated motor sports series or watch a multi-billion-dollar investment vanish.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why Tesla is a different story

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2016

Tesla's ability to create desire for its products and to build fierce brand loyalty resembles what Apple has been able to do. European rivals can only look on with envy.... Read More »

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BLOG: Renault movie fishes for new Scenic buyers

8:57 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2016

To give a modern take on its latest Scenic model, Renault has recruited an Italian movie maker to make a film that plays on how many different ways a minivan can be used.... Read More »

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BLOG: Confessions of a diesel junkie

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2016

My plan to someday drive off into the sunset in a diesel-powered car at the conclusion of my career as a motoring journalist may no longer be realistic. Why? Because by 2030, diesel sales are forecast to plunge to 9 percent of new-car sales in Europe from about 50 percent today as automakers increasingly rely on EVs to meet tougher emissions rules.... Read More »

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BLOG: PSA bravely reveals industry's dirty secret

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2016

Give credit to PSA for being bold enough to reveal in great detail something none of its rivals would publicly admit: That the CO2 numbers on the cars sold in Europe are bogus.... Read More »

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BLOG: Volvo defies gravity

8:33 am U.S. ET | July 5, 2016

Volvo doesn't consider itself a true global player in the premium segment. Its recent success, however, gives it a legitimate chance of rising to the top tier before the end of the decade.... Read More »

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BLOG: Recapping Toyota's traumatic loss at Le Mans

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2016

Toyota was reminded of how cruel motorsports can be when it lost the 24 Hours of Le Mans to Porsche during the final lap of the race. I was with Toyota's executive team members when their elation was transformed into complete deflation last weekend.... Read More »

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BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: How Ford's European arm became a money maker again

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2016

Ford of Europe's 6.3 operating margin in the first quarter and its $434 million pre-tax profit were impressive after the automaker lost $42 million during the same period last year.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

How Farley steered Ford's European turnaround

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6, 2016

Luca Ciferri says Ford of Europe's 6.3 percent operating margin and $434 million pretax profit in the first quarter were "impressive."... Read More »

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BLOG: Why a PSA-FCA merger should happen - but won't

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Fiat Chrysler has been actively seeking a merger partner since September 2014 and a possible combination with PSA Group has been a recurring rumor for years. The reason that the subject won't die is because the deal makes sense on a number of levels.... Read More »

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BLOG: Is CNG the future? Yes, but…

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2016

Rinaldo Rinolfi, one of the fathers of the common-rail diesel, and a true powertrain guru, is someone whose opinion I trust when it comes to the future of vehicle propulsion. So, I was I rather suprised when he told me compressed natural gas is the greenest, most affordable powertrain option available today.... Read More »

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BLOG: Does Carlos Ghosn owe Akio Toyoda an award?

11:00 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2016

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn may have unknowingly left himself in an awkward position the next time he sees Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.... Read More »

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BLOG: Pininfarina's zero-emission H2 Speed could be built for the right price

10:14 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2016

If a one-off, tailor-made supercar created by an Italian coachbuilder isn't enough, Pininfarina is proposing something on a totally different level: the fastest zero-emission sports car available anywhere.... Read More »

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BLOG: Auto shows need reboot to fight off digital challenge, de Meo says

7:39 am U.S. ET | Feb. 29, 2016

Increasing numbers of automakers are skipping auto shows because the "wow" factor is no longer there in today's digital age, says Luca de Meo, CEO of Volkswagen Group's Seat brand.... Read More »

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BLOG: Lapo Elkann is ready to create your dream car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2016

Lapo Elkann recently educated me on the cost of car customization, which is the latest business venture for the great-great-grandchild of Fiat co-founder Giovanni Agnelli.... Read More »

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BLOG: Why reborn Alpine is skipping the Geneva show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26, 2016

Renault will not exhibit its Alpine Vision concept at the Geneva auto show and the automaker is holding back a lot of information on its revived sporty brand.... Read More »

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BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said.... Read More »

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BLOG: Automotive News Europe celebrates 20 years; watch this space for future trends

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5, 2016

In an industry reshaping at the speed of light, Automotive News Europe brings you reliable, relevant and unbiased coverage of the auto business. Now we have a special news item of our own: this year ANE is 20.... Read More »

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BLOG: Get ready for the unexpected in 2016

12:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

If we have learned anything about the automotive industry in the past few years, it is to expect the unexpected. What will be the big surprises of 2016? Here are few crazy things that just might happen.... Read More »

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BLOG: Toyota's tech takes the wheel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

I had a recent opportunity to see Toyota's autonomous driving system in action on Tokyo's challenging Shuto Expressway. My verdict: Toyota's technology is extremely promising.... Read More »

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Winners and losers in VW scandal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Volkswagen Group's diesel emissions scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months -- if not years -- before the company settles all matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests.... Read More »

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BLOG: Diesel scandal's winners and losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen's diesel scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months – if not years – before the company settles all of the matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. And while there are plenty of losers as a result of the crisis, there are also some winners.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Dieselgate's winners and losers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal is so complex and wide-reaching that it will take months – if not years – before the company settles all of the matters related to its cheating on diesel emissions tests. And while there are plenty of losers as a result of the crisis, there are also some winners.... Read More »

LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Heavy European presence boosts Tokyo show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

Many European automaker CEOs attended this year's Tokyo auto show, giving a big boost to an event that has been overshadowed by the growing might of rival shows in China.... Read More »

 
Nissan exec remembers when EVs were 'doomed to fail'


8:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1 2016

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Nissan Europe Chairman Paul Willcox smiles when he thinks about the verbal beatings the automaker took after making its multi-billion-euro commitment to electric vehicles. ...
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BMW said to plan performance version of its i3 electric car

Graham Kozak
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 30 2016

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BMW plans a performance variant of the i3 to be called the i3S, according to a UK media report that ...
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Stadler was right to pick outsider for top Audi r&d post

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 25 2016

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Audi CEO Rupert Stadler did the right thing when he picked a non-VW Group executive to fill his key ...
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Why VW's job cuts were always going to happen

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23 2016

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VW Group's decision to save 3.7 billion euros in costs at its core brand by cutting 30,000 jobs has ...
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Mopar's Gorlier has the makings of FCA's next CEO

Larry P. Vellequette
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 18 2016

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Pietro Gorlier has run an innovative business unit at Fiat Chrysler that has expanded and made lots of money and touches every facet of the company around the world. ...
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How Li Shufu will weave an empire around Volvo, Geely

Yang Jian
5:04 am U.S. ET | Nov. 15 2016

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Shortly after Geely founder Li Shufu acquired Volvo in 2010, he pledged to maintain the Swedish marq ...
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Germany's auto industry says climate change targets too ambitious after Trump's election

Christiaan Hetzner
12:11 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11 2016

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Germany's auto industry lobby say now is the wrong time to accelerate action against climate change ...
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Renault's Zoe eclipses GM's EV claims for now

Nick Gibbs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10 2016

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General Motors is touting the long-range and affordability of its Chevrolet Bolt electric car and it ...
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Toyota, VW and Bosch lead Google in self-driving technology patents

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3 2016

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Based on the headlines you might think that Google single-handedly created the self-driving car, but when it comes to patents it is no match for Toyota, VW and Bosch when it.. ...
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Unlike Audi, Daimler focuses on Germany for EVs


7:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27 2016

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Daimler's decision to build the EQ electric car and the car's battery in Germany underlines the impo ...
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Mercedes all but locks down U.S. luxury sales win
Mercedes sold the most luxury autos in the U.S. again in November, virtually guaranteeing that the b ...
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VW brand's losing streak in U.S. ends with 24% gain
Volkswagen of America posted a 24 percent gain in November sales for its core brand, breaking a year ...
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German sales gain nearly 2% as market heads for six-year high
German new-car sales rose by nearly 2 percent in November. Full-year sales are headed for their stro ...
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Rental company demand boosts Spain sales
Spanish new-car sales rose 14 percent in November pushed by strong demand from businesses and car re ...
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Italian sales jump 8% on business demand
Italian new-car sales rose 8.2 percent in November as business buyers rushed to benefit from tax bre ...
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Renault, Toyota, Fiat gain as French sales rise 9%
French new-car sales rose by nearly 9 percent in November with Renault, Toyota, Audi and Fiat among ...
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VW Group sales gain 5% in Oct. as China offsets flat Europe
VW Group sales increased by 5 percent in October, helped by 17 percent growth in China that offset a ...
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VW brand Oct. sales rise 4% but further growth depends on China
VW brand's global sales rose 4 percent in October in the third straight monthly gain, largely driven ...
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Russia sales fall 'modest' 3% in Oct. as incentives stabilize market
The rate of decline in Russian new-car sales slowed to 3 percent in October, helped by government in ...
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W. Europe car sales fall 1% in October on weaker Germany, France
Western European car sales fell 1 percent in October as gains in the UK, Italy and Spain failed to o ...
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Volvo picks McDonald's exec as first chief digital officer
Volvo has named Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer, luring the longtime Silicon Valley execu ...
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Daimler promotes Wagener to new role of chief design officer
Daimler has promoted its head of design, Gorden Wagener to the newly created role of chief design of ...
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Renault-Nissan names new purchasing chief
Renault-Nissan has promoted Veronique Sarlat-Depotte as its new head of the alliance's joint purchasing operations. ...
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BMW names new U.S., German plant bosses
BMW has named new bosses for its U.S. factory and two key plants in Germany, ...
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Audi of America names its first American CFO
Audi of America has named its first American finance chief. The brand tapped Matt Carpenter, 36, as ...
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BMW appoints new finance chief
BMW appointed Nicolas Peter as chief financial officer to succeed veteran Friedrich Eichiner who wil ...
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Ford's European quality boss Herrmann to head German operations
Ford of Europe quality chief Gunnar Herrmann will be the next head of the automaker's German operati ...
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Infiniti names Picello new Europe boss
Infiniti named veteran sales and marketing executive Raoul Picello its new head of Europe, Middle Ea ...
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Volvo names new electrics, electronics boss
Volvo has appointed Oedgaerd Andersson as its head of electrics, electronics and chassis as the auto ...
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Aston Martin loses top exec to Dyson
Aston Martin's former product development director has moved to Dyson, adding substance to reports that the consumer electronics maker is developing an electric car. ...
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Renault keeps the Scenic family friendly
Renault has kept the Scenic’s minivan design in a move that goes against the industry trend of ...
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Kia Niro targets 2 sweet spots
The Kia Niro targets two sweet spots in the market: booming demand for high-riding SUV-styled models ...
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S90, V90 are key to Volvo's continued revival
Volvo expects the S90 and V90 will be big steps in the automaker's revival but a challenge looms. ...
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Audi Q2 targets affluent downsizers
The Audi Q2 is the first subcompact SUV/crossover from a German luxury brand. ...
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Hyundai sees Ioniq as brand hero
Hyundai sees its new Ioniq as its green flagship and a key image booster in Europe even if sales wil ...
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Seat expects Ateca to strengthen its profitability
Seat, which recently returned to profitability after years of losses, expects to further strengthen ...
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Ford makes Edge its European flagship
Ford says it will target premium rivals including the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 with its new European f ...
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Cadillac XT5 price undercuts rivals in Europe
Cadillac aims to increase its SUV market share in Europe by pricing its new XT5 below German premium ...
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Honda hopes NSX halo effect will give automaker a boost in Europe
Honda hopes for a halo effect boost in Europe from its NSX supercar. The NSX is a "branding exercise ...
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Alfa touts Giulia's driving dynamics
Alfa Romeo claims its new Giulia has better driving dynamics than rivals such as the BMW 3 series be ...
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Suppliers to the new Fiat Tipo
Assembly of the new Fiat Tipo began in September 2015 at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' joint ven ...
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Suppliers to the new Ferrari 488
Assembly of the Ferrari 488 began in June 2015 at the supercar maker's factory in Maranello, Italy. ...
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Suppliers to the new VW Tiguan
VW started production of the new Tiguan in January at its factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. Output is e ...
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Suppliers to the new Bentley Bentayga
Bentley Bentayga production began in November 2015 at the brand's factory in Crewe, England. ...
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Suppliers to the new Renault Talisman
Assembly of the new Renault Talisman began in September 2015 at Renault's factory in Douai, France. ...
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